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Postpartum Anxiety and Depression

Postpartum Anxiety and Depression 

The arrival of a new baby is a happy and joyful occasion; and, it is a time of change and adjustment. Many women find themselves feeling overwhelmed by their new responsibilities. This is common and normal.

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Symptoms of Post Partum Depression


What am I Feeling?

Maybe you have felt or thought the following:

  • I'm so irritable
  • I cry all the time or I can't cry
  • I'm so worried or I'm so anxious
  • I feel numb or I can't feel anything
  • I just can't cope, I feel so alone
  • I feel so guilty and/or I feel ashamed
  • I don't know who I am anymore
  • I want to sleep all the time or I can't sleep
  • I can't stop eating or I don't want to eat
  • I'm having very scary thoughts


Why Do I Feel This Way?

If you're having some of these thoughts or feeling, you may be experiencing postpartum depression. You are not alone. Postpartum depression affects 10 to 24% of all mothers, and help is available.



What Else Do We Know?

  • Both biological and adoptive mothers experience post partum depression.
  • Postpartum depression usually occurs 20 to 40 days after delivery, but it can begin anytime in the first year.
  • It can affect your ability to carry out daily activities as well as your relationships with family and friends.
  • Postpartum depression does improve with time, help and support.



***Remember --You are not crazy, and you are not a failure as a mother. Help is available.**

What Helps?

Below are some tips to help you make healthy adjustments to improve your postpartum experience:

  • Nurture yourself and treat your emotional needs with respect. Remember to take time for yourself.
  • Respect your body's needs for rest and sleep.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet and avoid caffeine and chocolate.
  • Acknowledge painful feelings and develop appropriate ways to work through them.
  • Discuss your feelings with your physician to determine whether medication or a referral to a mental health professional might help.
  • Contact your doctor, your Public Health Nurse or the Mental Health and Addictions Intake Facilitator (306 655-7777) for information about resources available to you.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 28, 2023 |
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